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"Strong equals hard to kill."

2013 has been one heck of a year. Within my immediate family we have dealt with 2 back injuries (2 daughters) resulting in physical therapy for both and ruptured disc surgery for one, 1 neck injury that resulted in 9 weeks on the couch not being able to do anything normal (me), cancer (husband), and a car accident (another daughter) that totaled the car and left her basically ok (walked away from it, thank God), but with a torn cartilage in the knee (possible surgery on that) and persistent ...
2013 has been one heck of a year. Within my immediate family we have dealt with 2 back injuries (2 daughters) resulting in physical therapy for both and ruptured disc surgery for one, 1 neck injury that resulted in 9 weeks on the couch not being able to do anything normal (me), cancer (husband), and a car accident (another daughter) that totaled the car and left her basically ok (walked away from it, thank God), but with a torn cartilage in the knee (possible surgery on that) and persistent headaches. So, yes, this year our whole family learned the lesson that your body is VERY important and the healthier & stronger you are, the easier it is to overcome those things that hit you out of the blue, whether it be a disease like cancer or an injury like a car accident.

With all that's been going on, and with my own injury to heal from, it's been hard to be consistent. I've been running with one kid or another all year. Don't get me wrong, I'm not really complaining. I'm Mom. That's my job. And I will ALWAYS be there for them no matter how old they get. I will ALWAYS be their safety net, back up plan, or shoulder to lean on. But, when the waves that rock & roll our life are low, I need to get back to what I need to do for me! So I'm totally looking forward to saying goodbye to this year and starting the next one off on the right foot by getting a good start on healthy habits right now, BEFORE the Christmas candy/baking gets too tempting.

Here's to making the upcoming 2014 MUCH better, healthier, and stronger than 2013!

Update: 2014, regrettably, has been quite similar to 2013. Our "baby" graduated in May and shortly after that our handicapped son became ill. Five ER runs and a few specialist appointments later, and in October 2014, we're STILL dealing with his illness. I don't work outside the home, but between the constant care he needs during this time and our garden & apple trees (both produced above and beyond this year), I've been running ragged again. But, there's only a couple of months left of this year and hopefully things will settle down and I can end on a strong note!
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Member Since: 1/8/2009

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My Goals:
When I first joined Sparkpeople, I set my goal to be 25 lbs. off by 6/9/09 (that's our 25th anniversary!) - MET it!

After that, I set a 5 pound per month goal and accomplished that for about 5 months in a row for a total of 50 pounds within a 1 year period. Met it!

Last summer I made a goal to get Turbo Fire certified in the fall. After lots of training and practice - Met it!

I've fluctuated over the last year 20 pounds or so, so this spring I made a goal to lose them again. Met it!

Now I'm working on endurance & strength to get over everything my body has been through. Eventually I'm sure I'll focus on getting some more pounds off, but everything in it's time. Strong first, the rest will come.

Those are my goals. I'd appreciate your encouragement & support to hit them. Here I go!

My Program:
I have a handicapped son at home, so, while I tried to get to our local gym at times throughout the years, it just isn't the best option for me. I could sometimes, but not as often as I need to see the results my health needed. So, I found the perfect solution to my situation in at-home workout dvds. My favorite workouts are Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire, and Les Mills Pump. And after I improved my fitness level, I started jogging! I've found that I'm not a sprinter by any means, and the shorter, 5K type races aren't all that enjoyable for me, but I do like the longer distance running. I have done as much as 10 miles, but I really prefer 8 miles. I find that it's a great compliment to my dvd workouts!

Personal Information:
~My husband and I live on a farm.
~We have 5 children.
~Stay at home, work at home, homeschooling mom
~Planting a HUGE garden again this year
~Have 7 apple trees and 3 grape vines (planting raspberries this year, too!)
~We raise our own chickens for fresh eggs.
~Prefer more natural remedies to medicines (prescription or over the counter) anyday!

Other Information:
If I could, I'd either spend my time researching my ancestors/family online all day, or sew/quilt all day (with a little reading thrown in there). But I can't. I've tried that and all it got me was a big butt! LOL I have to get up and MOVE! I'd also like to bake/cook all day, but that gets me a big butt, too! :-(

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Fuchsia friend: It's a holiday week but let's not stop working towards our goals! Let's stay hydrated and get in as much fitness time as possible! I'm looking forward to a emoticon challenge along with your support and encouragement!

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12/21/2014 11:52:54 AM

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Warmest thoughts and best wishes
for a wonderful Holiday
and a Happy New Year.
May peace, love and prosperity
follow you always

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12/21/2014 11:10:11 AM

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Good friends are like SNOWFLAKES
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12/20/2014 11:05:34 AM

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May your Christmas and every day ahead, sparkle with happiness and new surprises!!
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